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NHL Playoff Predictions: Anaheim Ducks vs Edmonton Oilers Game 1

NHL Playoff Predictions: Anaheim Ducks vs Edmonton Oilers Game 1
NHL 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 2 action begins with Edmonton facing Anaheim for the right to play in the Western Conference Final. The Ducks swept the Calgary Flames while Oilers eliminated the San Jose Sharks (4-2) in Round One. Game 1 is slated for 10:30 PM ET on April 26, 2017, at the Honda Center.

Oilers at Ducks NHL Playoffs Round 2

My Team's Next MatchEdmonton Oilers

Pacific Division rivals will battle when Edmonton and Anaheim meet for Game 1 of their Western Conference Semifinal playoff duel. Prior to the 2016-17 NHL season, the Ducks owned the Oilers as Anaheim had a 25-3-2 mark vs Edmonton - during a 30 game run that dates back to 2009. The Alberta Boys were better this year as they won the season series 3-2 vs the Disneyland Crew. Two of the five meetings went into OT as Edmonton posted a pair of 3-2 (OT) wins and a 4-0 shutout. Expect a competitive series here but the Ducks "heavy" style propels Anaheim to the West Final.

Ducks vs Oilers 2017 Stanley Cup Playoff TV Schedule and Results

NHL Western Conference Semifinal Series Preview: Anaheim vs Edmonton

Anaheim is back in the postseason for fifth straight year and, after they claimed the Cup back in 2007, the Ducks are aiming for their franchise second NHL Championship. Following a decade long drought, Edmonton made the playoffs for the first time since they lost (4-3) to the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2006 Stanley Cup Finals. Edmonton is looking for their sixth NHL title which would tie them with the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins for the fourth most Cup wins.

Following many years of futility, not to mention gathering a ton of high picks during several NHL Drafts, Edmonton is on the verge of bringing back the glory days they enjoyed during the 1980’s. While Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier and Jari Kurri won’t be hitting the ice, Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Leon Draisaitl have puck betting fans in the Alberta Capital fired up for a long playoff run. Goaltender Cam Talbot set an Oilers record with 42 wins during the regular season.

After a slow start to their season, the Ducks were 18-12-8 on December 30, 2016, Anaheim rolled through the back half of their schedule as they closed out the season with a stellar 28-11-5 run. Anaheim caught our eye late in February as we tipped them to win the Pacific Division with an NHL futures bet when they were seven points behind the San Jose Sharks on February 28, 2017. The Ducks closed their season on a 14-2-3 roll and Anaheim won Pacific by two points over the Oilers.

Anaheim Ducks (-115) 115 Unit Money Line Bet SportsInteraction

NHL Playoff Picks Today - April 26, 2017 - Anaheim Ducks (-115) @ SportsInteraction

Edmonton proved they belong in the 2017 NHL Playoffs as they took out the defending 2016 Western Conference Champion Sharks. That said, San Jose looked tired (as well as old) against the upstart Oilers. The Ducks have a couple of near-greybeards of their own but, since the beginning of March, no team has a better record (18-2-3) than Anaheim. Going back even further, the SoCal Crew has lost two in a row just once since February 6, 2017. Easing into this series, we are flying with the Ducks at SportsInteraction with a 115 unit wager on Anaheim (-115) money line price.

Results / FixturesNHL

NHL Semifinal Series, Conference and Stanley Cup Championship Futures Betting 

Despite just eight squads remaining, the top rated sportsbooks here at Canada Sports Betting still have a nice variety of Stanley Cup futures options posted on their NHL betting boards as the four matchups have Series Winner and Series Correct Scores wagering lines. In addition, Western and Eastern Conference plus outright Stanley Cup winner odds are ripe for picking at SportsInteraction. Speaking of Cup lines, Edmonton (+500) has now moved past Anaheim (+550) as top chalk in the Wild West while St. Louis and Nashville are tied as underdogs with (+700) money line odds.

Over in the Eastern Conference, Washington is now clear-cut overall Stanley Cup chalk as their +300 price trumps the Pittsburgh Penguins (+450) money line. Either the Caps or Pens will not win the Cup as they are meeting in Round 2 action while Ottawa and New York will clash in the other East Semifinal series. Being as they will have to get past either Caps or Pens, the Rangers (+800) and Senators (+1100) have the longest Cup lines. We have wagers on Washington and Edmonton to claim the Cup and we've added the Rangers with a 50 unit bet on their (+800) Stanley Cup price.

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